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Thread: Vintage Sewing Machine Shop.....Come on in and sit a spell

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Laura,

    When I did this quilt cover for my #2 Singer 66 treadle,

    I started having puckers and crinkles on the binding so I switched to a walking foot.

    Although it doesn't properly fit the feed dogs of the 66 it did help immensely.

    Joe
    Joe, that is great! I never thought about making a cover for the 'whole' cabinet and machine! How awesome is that! Great idea, great job!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Glenn, if I am not using my 319w in treadle to piece with, I am using my Two Spools. Actually, the Two Spools is the best machine for piecing as the standard foot that comes with the machine is a perfect 1/4". Because that Two Spools has feed dogs the exact same length there is no pulling of your fabric one way or the other - you get a perfectly straight 1/4" seam every time! You will love the Two Spools more and more as you use it! The extra spool of thread in the can is a big bonus too! Great machine! I love the Two Spools and I love both my Davis Vertical Feed machines. They are work horses!

    Nancy
    Nancy I do like the two spools the more I use it. I did notice that it does make a 1/4 seam. I really like that the bobbin spool goes forever when piecing. This is a wonderful machine. Even tho I am partial to my 66-1 I am finding I like other machines as well. My 66-1 is my go to machine but now I am finding I go to other machines just as much. Old dogs can learn new tricks
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldhag View Post
    I would think the knob for hand crank is sitting on the spool pin.
    Oh! Good eye. I noticed that thing on the spool pin but didn't register that it was the crank handle!

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    Have you ever looked at a machine and just wanted to cry? Then when the poor things owners opened their mouths you want to shoot them?

    I went to the outdoor "fair" today to help my wife break down and load up. She had told me of a lady who was sewing her crafts with a treadle machine so being curious I just had to go look.

    The machine was a 20s vintage Singer Mdl 15 in a sawed off treadle base. Some one had literally used a saw to cut the ends of the top off where the drawers were attached. That wasn't too bad because it made for a really compact treadle set up, and it only cost her $10.00.

    What made me want to cry was the machine. ALL the decals were silvered. The machine sewed OK, very quiet, but oh did it look like crap. OK, It's like nearly 90 years old so beings I'm more interested in how it's sewing I didn't say anything. But then the ladies DH had to open his mouth and spilled the beans.

    He had used 409 to scrub the machine with because it was dirty and needed cleaning. He seemed almost proud that he'd ruined the finish on the machine. Bragging that the decals were nice when he stared, but that 409 and decals don't agree with each other.
    I bit my tongue and didn't say anything until he bragged how they had two other machines that he used two whole bottles of 409 just to get them to move because they were all gunked up. I told them to just use oil and cotton balls, but they wouldn't hear me.

    I looked at the lady as she was sewing and she never shut her mouth. Mouth open and ears closed. She mentioned she had trouble with the tension. She didn't have it threaded right so I tried to help. She never shut up. Never heard a word I said. Then she told me she always leaves it threaded because she can't remember how to do it. DUH ..... Where's her sign?

    I finally excused myself and went back to helping my wife to load up.

    I hate people like them, so damn stupid they brag about it. That was several hours ago and it still bugs me.
    Someday I'll learn to ignore peoples idiosyncrasies. Until then, where's my bottle of Excedrin?

    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Have you ever looked at a machine and just wanted to cry? Then when the poor things owners opened their mouths you want to shoot them?

    I went to the outdoor "fair" today to help my wife break down and load up. She had told me of a lady who was sewing her crafts with a treadle machine so being curious I just had to go look.

    The machine was a 20s vintage Singer Mdl 15 in a sawed off treadle base. Some one had literally used a saw to cut the ends of the top off where the drawers were attached. That wasn't too bad because it made for a really compact treadle set up, and it only cost her $10.00.

    What made me want to cry was the machine. ALL the decals were silvered. The machine sewed OK, very quiet, but oh did it look like crap. OK, It's like nearly 90 years old so beings I'm more interested in how it's sewing I didn't say anything. But then the ladies DH had to open his mouth and spilled the beans.

    He had used 409 to scrub the machine with because it was dirty and needed cleaning. He seemed almost proud that he'd ruined the finish on the machine. Bragging that the decals were nice when he stared, but that 409 and decals don't agree with each other.
    I bit my tongue and didn't say anything until he bragged how they had two other machines that he used two whole bottles of 409 just to get them to move because they were all gunked up. I told them to just use oil and cotton balls, but they wouldn't hear me.

    I looked at the lady as she was sewing and she never shut her mouth. Mouth open and ears closed. She mentioned she had trouble with the tension. She didn't have it threaded right so I tried to help. She never shut up. Never heard a word I said. Then she told me she always leaves it threaded because she can't remember how to do it. DUH ..... Where's her sign?

    I finally excused myself and went back to helping my wife to load up.

    I hate people like them, so damn stupid they brag about it. That was several hours ago and it still bugs me.
    Someday I'll learn to ignore peoples idiosyncrasies. Until then, where's my bottle of Excedrin?

    Joe
    Joe we have those people around here to they must be relatives. Like you I get upset over stuff like this and it makes me mad but know it should not be my concern what other people do. Stupidity is right
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Joe we have those people around here to they must be relatives. Like you I get upset over stuff like this and it makes me mad but know it should not be my concern what other people do. Stupidity is right
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    Yup Joe, they seem to reproduce and live all over the country AND if you go here: Vintage Giggles aka What are they smoking???? you will find that they have a lot of gall when it comes to selling their machines... sorta start with the last post and work your way forward...
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts. Winston Churchill

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    That old saying is right..............'You can't fix stupid'.


    nanna

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    Quote Originally Posted by nanna-up-north View Post
    That old saying is right..............'You can't fix stupid'.


    nanna
    My problem with them is that ignorance is curable. Willful ignorance, though.... AAARGGGH!

    Joe - at least you tried and you had the presence of mind not to clock them when they showed that they didn't want to learn.

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    Question - I found a Household treadle for sale...can anyone point me towards more information on it? Like how I might find out how old it is? It's NOT a fiddlebase but there doesn't seem to be a lot of info online. I see they were made by Provinence Tool Company. They are asking $125 which is kind of pricey for my budget...plus it's a drive.
    Valerie Smith - Pumpkin Patch Quilter
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    Quote Originally Posted by JudyTheSewer View Post
    Oh! Good eye. I noticed that thing on the spool pin but didn't register that it was the crank handle!
    Thank you...I was so confused. I knew it didn't look like it should

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